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Karl von Habsburg - Honorary Knight

Karl von Habsburg (Karl Thomas Robert Maria Franziskus Georg Bahnam; born 11 January 1961), also known as Karl of Austria and referred to by his ancestral titles as Archduke of Austria, Royal Prince of Hungary, Bohemia and Croatia, is an Austrian politician, the current head of the House of Habsburg respectively House of Habsburg-Lorraine, which used to rule the lands of the Holy Roman Empire, the Habsburg Monarchy, the Empire of Austria, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, and the Kingdom of Hungary as well as the Crown lands of Bohemia and Croatia by hereditary right until the end of World War I. Karl von Habsburg is known as such in the English-speaking world, but in Hungary he is known as Habsburg Károly, in the Czech Republic as Karel Habsbursko-Lotrinský, in Croatia as Karlo Habsburško-Lotarinški, in Italy as Carlo d'Asburgo-Lorena, in Spain as Carlos de Habsburgo-Lorena and in France as Charles de Habsbourg-Lorraine. Born in Starnberg, Germany, in 1961, he is the son of Archduke Otto von Habsburg, Crown Prince of Austria and Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, and the grandson of the last Austro-Hungarian emperor, Charles I. He is head and sovereign of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece. Von Habsburg served as a Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian People's Party 1996–1999. He is known as an Pro-European and advocate for the Pan-European movement. Karl von Habsburg has long been committed to protecting the world's cultural heritage from threats such as armed conflict and natural disasters. Habsburg vigorously advocates international humanitarian law, the right of peoples to self-determination and the protection of ethnic minorities worldwide. He has been President of the cultural protection organization Blue Shield International since 2008

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Honours

  • Austrian Empire House of Habsburg: Sovereign and Knight of the Austrian Order of the Golden Fleece
  • Austrian Empire House of Habsburg: Sovereign Grand Master and Knight Grand Cross of the Imperial and Royal Order of Saint George
  • Sovereign Military Order of Malta Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Knight Grand Cross of Justice of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
  • Grand Master of the Knighthood of Saint Sebastian in Europe (Ritterschaft vom Heiligen Sebastianus in Europa)
  • Leader of many traditional military and rifle associations, (Standschützen)
  • Supreme band owner of the "katholisch-österreichischen Landsmannschaften", (Studentenverbindung)
  • Protector of the Order of Wine Knights Ordo Equestris Vini Europae
  •  Tonga: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Royal Household, Special Class
  •  Tonga: Recipient of the King Tupou VI Coronation Medal
  • Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
  • Honorary Knight of the Teutonic Order
  • Honorary doctor of the Pan-European University
  • Medal of honor of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
  • Honorary citizen of numerous communities